I don’t think humanity is going to continue to agree to what is government approved torturing of people who have already undergone trauma. I don’t think humanity wants to be inhumane. So eventually those people who have altered states of consciousness and unusual sensory experiences won’t be subjected to a forced psychiatric regime, by the fearful public, who if they were better would never approve of such things as ECT and forced drugging.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Transgenerational protest and social change
My mother’s big protest kabooie was sexism and so was my
nana’s. Nana receiving half the wages of a male teacher, to feed her family
with, really wasn’t okay; particularly as her husband died as a result of doing
things in the war he didn’t want to do, like mowing down people with a tank. He
relived the horror of doing such a disgusting act, blaming himself over and
over for those he was ordered to kill… My mother’s experience involved severe
trauma, so she hurled her protest around in a way that was upsetting to her children.
But she didn’t do it all the time and she really didn’t have full control when
society was still blaming her for the violence perpetuated against her. The
mental health system at the time treated trauma, as it mostly still does, like the
victim of crime has ‘problems.’ Court cases were discussed and I knew at quite
a young age that a woman could be horrifically brutalised, but if she could be
proven to be ‘loose,’ then she would not win a case against her attackers…
father, although he didn’t talk much, carried environmental and wartime conspiracies.
His father had been pushed off a building in Cairo during WW2. My father had
also worked on environmental studies where, any information that contravened
what the mining companies wanted to do disappeared, and, a colleague leading
the environmental project ‘suicided.’ My father was also stopped from teaching ‘the
hothouse effect’ which is a precursor theory to ‘the greenhouse effect.’ He was
a very silent man, my father. But he did show his anger on occasions, generally
with a big fog-horn booming voice. So I somewhat felt his protest at a young
think most people carry some of the baggage from their parents and do try to
make the changes to society happen, which their parents couldn’t. It kind of is
the subliminal ‘job’ of the progeny to do that. But the progeny have to do it
differently from the parents, if the parents really couldn’t handle the
backlash of their times, together with the trauma they most likely suffered, it's no good parroting what they said.
Transgenerational protest… it’s
not about genes, it’s about society, what society needs to do to become more
humane, and, it’s definitely not a
chemical imbalance and not something that should be said to be the ‘fault/ illness/
disease’ of the progeny, who understand the previous generation of protestors,
and are trying to cope with that, and get their own needs met... lest we forget.